TARPON SPRINGS - The move isn’t extreme but local leaders are hoping its impact will be great. The Tarpon Springs Chamber of Commerce will operate from a new, nearby location beginning Sept. 1, heading some 300 feet to the west.
The chamber’s new base of operations will be at the heart of downtown, the corner of Tarpon and Pinellas avenues. It will move into a portion of the Hippocratic Medical Center building, at the northwest corner of the intersection.
TARPON SPRINGS - The Tarpon Springs Chamber of Commerce intends to continue to have an artistic presence at its new location next month. It won’t be the Artists’ Faire Gallery and Gifts shop that it currently shares space, however
The gallery first opened five and a half years ago and was joined a short time later at 111 E. Tarpon Ave. by the chamber.
Friday evening the gallery will honor its run with a closing celebration, 5-7 p.m. Guests are invited to enjoy refreshments, meet local and regional artists whose works fill the studio, and purchase items at a discount.
TARPON SPRINGS - City commissioners voted 4-1 at their July 19 meeting for parking to remain on Athens Street during the upcoming beautification project.
“This is a project we’ve wanted to do for many years,” Mayor Chris Alahouzos said. “That project will provide walkability and the project is designed to connect the two business communities; the Sponge Docks with the bayou and the downtown.”
City Manager Mark LeCouris said although much of what the project will encompass has already been determined, questions remain about the depth of the project with regards to parking.
TARPON SPRINGS - Kris Rose Kreations, a producer of bath and body products, has been selling their products at trade shows and events in the Tarpon Springs and Clearwater areas for the past year.
The business recently opened a brick-and-mortar location in the Sponge Exchange of the Tarpon Springs Sponge Docks.
The official grand opening of this location will take place Saturday, Aug. 20, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., at 735 Dodecanese Blvd., Suite 7, Tarpon Springs. The event will feature prizes, giveaways, discounts, raffles, free snacks and beverages and live music in the square. Commissioner Susan Slattery will be attend. A ribbon-cutting and official opening will take place at noon.
TARPON SPRINGS - Dual efforts to attract local business and help existing Tarpon Springs storefronts spruce up their exteriors will be receiving an injection of fresh funding.
While sitting as the Community Redevelopment Agency board Tuesday, July 5, city commissioners voted unanimously to approve a fund transfer to a pair of successful initiative: the CRA Façade Improvement Grant Program and CRA Restaurant Recruitment Grant Program.
“The façade grant and the new restaurant recruitment grant have been very successful,” said Economic Development Manager Karen Lemmons while briefing commissioners on the programs. “I think they’ve made a big difference within our Community Redevelopment Area.”
TARPON SPRINGS - A member of the code enforcement board, Chris Hrabovsky, questioned the city of Tarpon Springs about its handling of possible lead problems during a June 21 commission meeting.
Hrabovsky’s concern about lead levels began after reading an article by ABC Action News I-team. They reported in March that students were getting a bad taste from the water at the high school, as well as describing the water’s color as yellow.
“ABC Action News reported lead had been detected in the water in Tarpon Springs High School,” Hrabovsky said. “For those of you who don’t know that, you might want to consider the implications of that.”
TARPON SPRINGS - In 1938, Michael Cantonis left his great uncle’s company in Tarpon Springs to start a sponge business of his own in New York City, with $1,000 borrowed from a friend and an immigrant’s dream to make it in his adopted country.
This year, a stretch of road - which runs along the headquarters of the resulting Acme Sponge and Chamois Company - was renamed after the late businessman and philanthropist. Huey Avenue, between Pine and Live Oak streets, will be called Michael C. Cantonis Avenue when the city of Tarpon Springs dedicated it on June 9.